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Product Details

  • Paperback: 590 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.; 2nd edition (July 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595320953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595320950
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,123,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nell Minow reviews movies for Yahoo! and radio stations across the US and Canada and writes the Media Mom column for the Chicago Tribune.

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Nell Minow writes about movies, culture, and values as The Movie Mom and about corporate governance, executive compensation, and investing for a variety of publications. She serves on the board of GMI Ratings (formerly The Corporate Library), an independent research firm that rates boards of directors and financial reporting of public companies and compiles research, study and critical thinking about corporate governance and accounting. Its board effectiveness rating allows investors and analysts to evaluate governance as an element of investment risk. Special reports and studies include reports on CEO employment contracts, related transactions, director resignations, and CEO compensation. It maintains an extensive database of over 3000 public companies and over 90,000 directors and provides data and board ratings to search firms, D&O liability insurers, law firms, accounting firms, journalists, academics, investors, and corporations. Ms. Minow was named one of the 20 most influential people in corporate governance by Directorship Magazine in 2007 and called "the queen of good corporate governance" by Business Week Online. In 2008, she was given the highest award in the field by the International Corporate Governance Network for exceptional achievements including "positive impact, with long-term significance, on one or more economies" and "confrontation to frustrating oppositions, requiring vision, courage, and fortitude." In 2012 she was given Corporate Secretary Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Minow was formerly a Principal of LENS, a $100 million investment firm that bought stock in underperforming companies and used shareholder activism to increase their value. She was dubbed "the CEO Killer" by Fortune magazine for her record of ousting non-performing CEOs at companies like Sears, American Express, Kodak, and Waste Management. Before that, she served as President of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., a firm that advises institutional investors on issues of corporate governance, and as an attorney at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Justice.

She frequently comments on the financial markets in the press and on television, including op-eds in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today, on network news broadcasts at ABC, NBC, and CBS, and on ABC's Nightline, CNBC's Kudlow & Cramer, CNN's Crossfire and Moneyline and PBS' Newshour. She has written more than 200 articles about corporate governance as well as chapters in treatises on executive compensation, annual shareholder meetings, and in the books Law Stories, The Dance of Change, The Financial Services Revolution, Leadership and Governance from the Inside Out, and How to Run a Company. She is co-author with Robert A. G. Monks of three books, Power and Accountability, (HarperBusiness 1991), the textbook Corporate Governance (Blackwell 1995, 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2011), and Watching the Watchers: Corporate Governance for the 21st Century (Blackwell 1996). She taught corporate governance to MBA students at George Mason University for five years.

She writes about movies, television, the Internet, and parenting and reviews movies each week for Beliefnet.com and radio stations across the US and Canada. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Kansas City Star, USA Today, Family Fun, Daughters, Parents, and three editions of The Practical Guide to Practically Everything. The second edition of her books, The Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies, was published in 2004. She has been profiled in the New York Times, the Economist, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, Working Woman, CFO Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, and the Chicago Sun Times, and has appeared as The Movie Mom on CBS This Morning, Fox Morning News, NPR, CNN, and dozens of radio programs. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Chicago Law School.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fritz on August 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
The First Edition (found at a library) was the Holy Grail for intelligent families trying to figure out quickly what to watch with kids on "movie night": a comprehensive guide which lists crowd-pleasing, quality movies by AGE RANGES -- listed after each movie, even in the INDEX! -- and it describes their plots: very, very handy. It also included some sage advice on talking to kids about movies, with some questions for discussion (the book could be used almost as a home-schooling curriculum of sorts). I bought it immediately. But when it arrived, I was very disappointed to discover that the most valuable element -- the age-sorting is missing from the current edition!! Get an older copy, or make sure that they've put this feature back into it before you buy the most recent edition!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By iorek on September 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Her radio show is great, but this book is even better. The Moviemom is smart and funny and not afraid to cross swords with Hollywood in the interests of common sense and good taste. This is a great book.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on December 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Decent up to a point. In discussing "The Hero Within," when the subject of autism arises, this author calls autism a disease which it most emphatically is NOT. Autism is a neurobiological condition that affects sensory input and processing and communication to varying degrees based on the individual. I also didn't like the R*** M** reference because the title character Dustin Hoffman played in that 1988 movie is not representative of people who have autism. Less than 10% of the autistic population are prodigious savants and the very term R*** M** is extremely offensive in autism circles and is always best avoided. I for one am quite sick and tired of that savant stereotype being so readily applied to people with autism.

All in all, this is a decent book that serves its intended purpose of providing synopses of movies that are suitable for family viewing, but that inaccurate definition of autism and the quick rush to the crutch of R*** M** cost it one star.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kid Mom on August 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I used Yahoo to see about this book initially. Wow, out of 9 reviews two gave it 5 stars but oddly had the same 4 words "I liked this book" and nothing more. The rest were a single star with one 3 star. Lots of misspellings and incorrect grammer, or just plain jibberish (the three star one was just a joke, I take it). I looked here to see if I could get any more than just one person saying they liked this book. I liked getting her past reviews for free on Yahoo earlier in 2007, but now they are hoping for book sales and won't let you look at her opinions for anything that is not recently playing. Because of this I was tempted to buy, but at $30+, I'm waiting to hear a lot more positive feedback before I purchase this item.
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